Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm. (AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDA / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND)
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A standout first round game, the Group G clash at Salvador's Forte Nova arena will see Germany's attractive mix of expert defence and sweeping attacks, led by the likes of Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller, come up against a Portugal side containing goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo.Bidding to end a 18-year title drought Germany coach Joachim Loew has been slow to offer many other clues as to how his side will line up, but right back Jerome Boateng is expected to play alongside Mats Hummels and Per Mertesacker, with Erik Durm and Benedikt Hoewedes battling for the left back spot.Lahm's presence alongside Sami Khedira in midfield will allow Germany's exciting attack force of Toni Kroos, Ozil and Lukas Podolski to join ranks with Mueller -- top scorer at the 2010 World Cup -- to keep Portugal's defence busy.Hugo Almeida and Silvestre Varela will join Ronaldo in attack.
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